Major League Baseball hall of famer Gary Carter battling brain tumours


Away from the field it’s been a rough time for major league baseball, who in the past several months have lost legends such as Detroit Tigers’ broadcaster, Ernie Harwell, former Tigers’ and Cincinnati Reds’ manager, Sparky Anderson and former Minnesota Twins slugger and Hall of Famer Harmen Killabrew, who died a few days ago of cancer. Once again the baseball world received another great shock when it was revealled that another Hall of Famer, catcher Gary Carter, was diagnosed with four small brain tumours. Carter, who is only 57 years of age, was apparently suffering from headaches and forgetfulness before seeing a Florida doctor last week, who saw the tumours through an MRI. “My wife, Sandy, and our children and family thank you for your thoughts and prayers,” Carter said. “We ask that you please respect our privacy as we learn more about my medical condition.” In his career Carter, who was known for his wide smile and enthusiastic personality, played for the Montreal Expos, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. His best moment came in 1986 when he won the World Series with the Mets. Carter was an 11 time All-Star during his 19 year career and ended up hitting for a .262 average with 324 homeruns and 1,225 RBI’s. Nicknamed “Kid” Carter, who finished his career in 1992 with the Expos, was finally, after many tries, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. Needless to say, many in the game, who were close to Carter, were shocked about the news.  “The last time I saw him a couple months ago, he looked well. He was Gary,” said Mets’  first base coach, Mookie Wilson, a teammate of Carter’s in the 1980s. “He seemed himself. No indication that anything was wrong. Whatever the situation may be, of course I wish him well. And I hope things turn out for the best.” Also coming out with a statement of support was the Mets organization who said “On behalf of the Mets organization, our thoughts and prayers are with Gary, Sandy and the entire Carter family,” said Jeff Wilpon, the club’s chief operating officer.


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